Easy Custom Tea Towel


I love having a towel hanging over my stove handle for spills or a quick hand dry. I made a quick and easy one to go with my home makeover using some scraps left over from the bolster pillow.

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So cute! The towel took me about 20 minutes to make, and if I had an assembly line going I bet I could do it even faster.

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I bought a 4 pack of ‘barmop’ towels from Target for a little over $4. I found them on the aisle with the kitchen linens. As a side note I love how they come wrapped up. It would be fun to make a set of these for a house warming gift or newlyweds and rewrap them in the original ribbon to give as a present. You could even embroider them!

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I cut a 5 inch wide strip of fabric that hungover both sides of the towel by half an inch.

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At this point you could press in a half in an inch around all the sides and just stitch around the edges, but my fabric wouldn’t press well. So what I did was pin the edges of the towel and the fabric right sides together.

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I used about three pins and overlapped about a half an inch as you can see through the chevron fabric. I stitched right along the edge of the towel being sure to catch it under my needle.

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Flip it up and make sure you caught it all.

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Next I turned under my fabric a half an inch on the remaining three raw edges, finger pressed and pinned in place. I used extra pins at the corners to be sure they would turn out neat.

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Here are my edges all pinned into place. Next I edge stitched around all four sides of the fabric.

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Be sure to pivot at the corners for a sharp looking corner. Also, when you are going across the top of the fabric take your time and straighten out your towel as you go.

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Your fabric should be edge stitched around all four sides. This would also be a fun place to try some decorative top stitching. And you’re done!

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Here is a shot of the kitchen with the tea towel hanging over my stove handle. It is a great accessory that matches my valance.

You can see more of me (and my four legged assistant) at Stacie Thinks She Can.

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